According to a report on The Wrap, shortly before his untimely death on Thursday, comedian Garry Shandling completed a deal to return The Larry Sanders Show to its original home on HBO.
The Larry Sanders Show, a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional talk show featuring real-life guests, boasted a veritable who’s who in the comedy world supporting the often dry Shandling wit he became most known for. Over the years, stars such as Transparent‘s Jeffrey Tambor, Janeane Garofalo, Jeremy Piven, and Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk. Judd Apatow also wrote for the show, and earned an emmy nomination for the season five episode “Ellen, or Isn’t She?”.
The fictional talk show, which ran from 1992-1998, could most recently be found on Sony’s streaming service Crackle (Sony Pictures owned the rights to the show), before being pulled by its parent company earlier this year. Before that, Netflix had streaming rights to the complete series, which the company lost back in February of 2013.
While HBO retains the rights to air most of its current shows in syndication and through HBO Go, some older content—The Larry Sanders Show included—has unfortunately been stuck in limbo due to contractual obligations with some of the original distribution companies involved. Though the timing is sad, it is good to see Shandling’s legacy coming back to its full uncensored glory.